Visits by Sydney Dance Company to Adelaide are always highly anticipated by lovers of contemporary choreography. One of their most lauded works of recent years, Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind was set to a striking string quartet by Bryce Dessner. The lead guitarist of iconic American band The National is also the composer described by Steve Reich as “a major voice of his generation” and he has written for Bang-On-A-Can, Roomful of Teeth, Kronos Quartet, the Labèque Sisters, and several feature films, including The Revenant.
The ASQ delivers ensemble playing of the very highest calibre.
A recent revival of Frame of Mind with live accompaniment prompted Bonachela to commission this new Dessner collaboration Impermanence. The score draws inspiration from the tragic Australian bush and Notre-Dame Cathedral fires, and the work is imbued with beauty, radiance and hope in the face of devastation. This stunning piece was scheduled for world premiere in the doomed month of March 2020, but this belated debut season increases its poignancy, and more happily allows Adelaide to be part of it, with our own Australian String Quartet appearing alongside the dancers.
The Company has an international, up-to-the-minute style. The sheer quality of the dancing continues to set the Sydney Dance Company apart.
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Choreographer Rafael Bonachela Composer Bryce Dessner Lighting Designer Damien Cooper Stage Designer David Fleischer Costume Designer Aleisa Jelbart
Australian String Quartet
Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin Michael Dahlenburg plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violincello, Piacenza ‘Ngeringa’
Image Pedro Greig
Another World is a song by Anohni with arrangement for live quartet by Bryce Dessner.
Use of Anohni's Another World is with kind permission of Kobalt Music Publishing. Another World is written by Anohni and administered by Kobalt Music publishing. Recording used with kind permission of Anohni and Rough Trade, produced by Anohni, Antony and The Johnsons, Rough Trade 2008.
Bryce Dessner’s music composition Impermanence is commissioned by the Australian String Quartet and Sydney Dance Company (by arrangement with Chester Music Ltd, Wise Music Group). This commission has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.